KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The father of a young KU fan who became a momentary internet sensation when CBS cameras captured him crying as the Jayhawks lost to Stanford on Sunday, said Monday he hopes the media attention being paid to his son dies down quickly.
"Our goal is to have this blow over as fast as possible," Chris Theisen said, an assistant athletic director for communications at the University of Kansas and father of the young fan.
Theisen said the family had received a number of media requests from local radio and television stations, but had declined to go on camera and will continue to do so. No national media outlets have reached out to the family, despite significant national interest in the crying boy, fueled by Twitter and other social media commentary, much of it critical of CBS Sports.
Theisen said he thought CBS was within their rights to show his son, who was sitting a few rows off the court, on air.
"They've got to do their jobs. They've got to get the emotion of the games," he said of the network.
Monday was his son's first day back at school after spring break. Theisen said he wasn't sure what the reaction from the boy's classmates would be, but expects it to be short-lived.
"I was kind of grateful that the Wichita State/Kentucky game was an instant classic," he said.